Pieces of Me

Sunday, July 29, 2007

More Scrappin' News

Well, this has been a busy weekend for me. Saturday, I went to my very first Shoe Box Swap. It was FANTASTIC. I am so happy that Shelley invited me to attend. And actually, I was one of the hosts! :) Anyway, I made 20 amazing cards to send to people and got 5 hours away from my WHOLE FAMILY! Now, I love my family dearly, but having the opportunity to spend time with some of the most creative and nicest women in the entire world was so much fun. I cannot wait until my next swap!

I have been busy working on Scrapbook Layouts for the Creative Team that I'm a part ofand some layouts to catch me up with my children's lives. Of course, that is near impossible since I have only scrapped about 10 pages of Cayden in all. Here are some of my recent LOs.

Credits: Kit is Yesterday's Blush by CanDesigns. Tab from Holly Jolly by Jenna Robertson. Family Title is by Shalae Tippetts.

Credits: De La Lune QP by Kim Giarrusso


A series of pictures from DS's 1st Birthday Party in April. I'm far behind on scrapping this boy!!!Credits: Cathy's Birthday Bash Add On by Rebecca Lynn; Birthday Kit by Selana; Tape Elements from Party Pants by Miss Mint


And now for some exciting news. I have been chosen to be on Traci Thompson's Creative Team at Make It Scrappy. So to celebrate it's Grand Opening on August 1st, we're having a party!!! Here are the details!!!!



I hope you'll join us for the fun and games. All who register in the month of August will receive a wonderful Freebie Collaboration Kit!!! We're all so very excited. Be sure to visit the Showroom and leave us some love!


And since I don't have any of Traci's products yet, here is my first LO for my MIS Showroom:


Credits: Kit is Fun Flowers by SwordaScrappin (Mollie Pepin). Template Hangin' Around the Third by Tracy Drane.Journaling:This year we celebrated Easter with your good friends, Darby and Kate. Y'all had such a fun time hunting for eggs. Together you found every egg the Easter Bunny hid.


And of course, I'm busy reading the final Harry Potter. I've cried several times, and I'm only halfway through. Crazy, I'm telling you. Of course, I'd be done already had Stephen let me read it first!!! LOL


















Friday, July 27, 2007

Time with Family




So several weeks ago, on one HOT Austin day (I know, they have been rare this summer), my little family went to Zilker Park. The kids played on the playground and Hannah fed the swans (or "ducks" as she calls them). Cayden was really into playing ont he playground. He thought he was as big as Hannah and tried to prove it to Mommy and Daddy. Here are some of my recent LOs. These are actually of just Cayden. I need to scrap my little boy, too.


Credits: Kit is Kids Camp by CanDesigns. Can be found here or here. The template is by KimLizzy.


Journaling reads: One Saturday afternoon in July, our family went to play at Zilker Park. You had a blast making new discoveries and spending some one on one time with Daddy.

Credits: Kids Camp by CanDesigns. Template by KimLizzy. Fonts used Lucida Handwriting.

Journaling: Lt. Circle ~ Here you are climbing up a stair ladder. Where'd you learn to do that?? Ctr. Circle ~ You love to swing - FASTER and HIGHER are the ways to go! Rt. Circle ~ This is where I draw the line. There is NO WAY you are climbing up that ladder. Main Image ~ You have become a little boy practically overnight. What happened to my baby



Tuesday, July 24, 2007

So much for everyday


Well, it was a goal of mine to blog everday. That goal has been defeated. I'm lucky if I am able to blog once a week. This week may provide me with the opportunity to blog more than once since Hannah is off at Music and Movement Day Camp. The theme is Ocean Life. I guess if I was SuperMom, I'd take some time this week to get in there and take pictures. We'll just have to see about that one.

I have some exciting Digital Scrapbooking news. Last week, I was chosen to be on a Creative Team for CanDesigns. What exactly is a Creative Team(CT)? Well, it's a group of digiscrappers who create layouts for a designer with her products to help boost her sales. I've never been on a CT, but I am loving every minute of it. Now, if my Adobe PSE 5 would just arrive so I can start using it instead of Digital Image Pro (which is just fine, just not my favorite).

The upgraded computer is FANTASTIC. Everything is so much faster that I am so excited about creating more Layouts. Here are my first two for CanDesigns (which can be found at ScrappersZone or DigibyDesign.

Alright, here they are:


Both of these LOs were created with CanDesigns Kit "Sweet Summer Sorbet." I also used templates by KimLizzy.


So, the explanation behind the LOs? These pictures were taken about three weeks before Hannah's very first Dance Recital. She's going to be dancing to the song, "It's a Hard Knock Life," from the musical Annie. On this particular day, Ms. Brianna was introducing to the girls the basics of Tap. Hannah was the only one who brought tap shoes so she was asked to tap around the room to model for the class what tapping is all about. LOL

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Crazy Computers

Okay, so here I am, sitting in my bed, typing away on Stephen's laptop. I'm so frustrated with computers. Our computer has been having "issues." It's saying it has low memory, yada yada, so I agree to allow Stephen to upgrade it. And today, the day he is supposed to receive all the amazing parts to make our computer so much better, today, the day I will get my actual copy of PSE5 so I don't have to continue clicking the "Continue Trial" button on my program, I come home from Hannah's dance class and sit down to work on a scrapbook page and move the mouse and the monitor flashes and the computer turns off. . .and when it reboots is says, "Windows has become corrupt, insert the original CDROM and press 'r' to repair. WTH????? I'm talking grrrrrrrr!!!!! But everything is okay because we backed up all files a few weeks ago and have been saving to our external hard drive. THANK GOD!!!! But I'm just frustrated!!!! And to boot, we get our package and it's missing 1/2 of our order: whatever RAM Stephen ordered and MY PROGRAM!!!! I'm so ticked off.

So here I am venting my frustrations to the world. LOL. Story of my life.

Life has been crazy. We are contacting mortgage companies in preparation for the possiblities of purchasing the house we're living in. It's just so much information to process and making life very interesting.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Ideal American Family?


My family and I went and had our picture made today. On Thursday of last week, I received a phone call from the manager of our local Picture People photo studio. Apparently, a film crew from PBS is filming a documentary entitled, "The Unbroken Home." They wanted to come into the Picture People and film 12 families for their photo shoot. We were selected for the shoot. The director told me that our little family of four fits their profile for the ideal American family. The film is going to be on Family Values. All we had to do was sit through a regular photo session while they filmed us having our picture made. We weren't interviewed or anything, but it was fun to be a part of this. I don't know when the film will be finished or will air, but I think it's really neat to be included. And we got $100 worth of pictures for $15

Here's the final picture. The kids did so well. Our appointment was at 9:30 and due to being the first sitting, they were not quite ready when we got there. We were seen at 10:15. And our kids were so great. Cayden had a melt down during the last 5 minutes of the photo shoot so I am so proud of them.

Edited to Add: To be honest with you, I think they should have said, "stereotypical American family" instead of Ideal. I was a little confused on that part. At any rate, I am sure it is more about when you think of a family in America, this [insert our family excerpt] is probably what comes to mind. But in essence, all of these [show the rest of the families] are families in America, and their homes are unbroken as well.

There were an older couple, a muslim couple, single parents, etc, so I think the director was just telling us our part in the show.

And if they knew our actual background, they would learn that our family is NOT the upper-middle class family with 1.7 kids.

Friday, July 13, 2007

A Royal Celebration

We are gearing up for Hannah's 4th Birthday Party. Last year, we had a Princess Party at Toys "R" Us for 20 kids for less than $150. So we are once again allowing Toys "R" Us to take care of the craziness of the birthday party planning.

Hannah has requested a "Rapunzel" birthday. She loves the story of Barbie as Rapunzel. Since the party is going to be more "low key" this year, we are going to have a story at the very beginning. I will read to the kids, Rapunzel. And then, I need to see if I can find someone who will dress up as Rapunzel for the party and surprise the kids (even Hannah). Part of the party will be the kids going throughout the store looking for a treasure chest filled with goodies. At the end of the treasure chest, there is supposed to be Geoffrey Giraffe, but Hannah is TERRIFIED of him so we have asked that Geoffrey not be present at the party. I was thinking that Rapunzel could meet the kids at the end of the hunt.




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I'm pretty excited about the wording. Hannah wants to dress as Rapunzel. Last year, she was Belle. I guess the next several years will be about what Stephen calls the 3P's. . . Princesses, Ponies, and Pollies (as in Polly Pocket).

We're only inviting our playgroup and a few of Hannah's church friends for a total of 15. We'll do something with the family and cousins on the Sunday following her birthday. It's just easier. Hannah's cousins are 2 years younger than she is so I think it's for the best.




















Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Few More Layouts

I'm sure you all think I am neglecting my family by all the layouts I've been posting lately, but I promise, I do it while they are napping/having quiet time and after they are in bed. Tonight is Stephen's night to put Hannah to bed so I've been able to work this evening. I love it! I'm having so much fun!!!

So I went back in time today and scrapped my little girl with her best friends. Hannah, Darby, and Kate are practically inseparable. They have so much fun when they are together, although at times, the rule of three starts to apply. But that's usually when it's nap time and they are all cranky. I still cannot believe that they have only been friends for a year. It seems like they have been friends all their lives.
This layout was created with A Zesty Summer Add On by Melanie Ann Designs. The sketch was inspired by Maria LaFrance. Glitter flowers by Melanie Violette. Jeweled butterfly by Stephanie Orgen. Kit available at http://www.digitalfreebies.com/


I noticed that I haven't been scrapping much of Cayden. Of course, part of that is because the Summer Scrapbook is for our playgroup, but I think that I should just create a Summer Scrapbook in general. And that means I need to get more layouts of Cayden. Here's my first Summer Layout of my Baby Boy:This layout was created with Madaleine Engel's kit Summer Celebration available at Scrapbook Bytes.This layout was created with Jeannie Papai's Quick Page from her Boy Trouble Kit.

Well, that's all. I'm exhausted, haven't been sleeping well, and have been dealing with sick and grouchy kiddos. They are much better today but still grouchy (and sleeping now! :) ). Tomorrow we are off to the fire station.

But before I sign off, I must update y'all on Cayden's 3 month follow up with the allergist. In March, he was tested and found that he has an allergy to Strawberries, Tomatoes, Peanuts, Mold, and Dogs. The mold and tomato were the biggest allergies. Since then, he has been exposed to all the food items in little amounts, and he seems to tolerate peanuts in little doses. The doctor has said that we can go ahead and see how he does with peanuts. We have two different antihistamines and an EpiPen if he happens to have a reaction. Anytime he comes into contact with strawberries and tomatoes, he immediately breaks out into hives, so we will continue to avoid those at all costs. I am still nursing, which she encourages, so I pray he outgrows them. He weighs 19.8 lbs and is 29.5 inches tall. He charmed everyone in the office again with his BIG blue eyes and adorable smile.

We are to continue the Zyrtec daily (for the mold and dog allergy) and give Benadryl as needed (which we've been doing) and in 6 months, he'll be tested again. This time, I will stop my allergy meds to get an accurate test for him. I was taking my meds the last time he was tested and he still had reactions, so we'll see if they get any worse.

So that's it. He's a mess but I love him!

MOPS

Have I mentioned that I am on the Steering Team for my MOPS (Mothers Of PreSchoolers)? I'm the Publicity Team Leader which is pretty much the MOPS secretary. I create a monthly newsletter and email list, all advertising sort of things (brochures, business cards, calendars), and maintain the web site. I absolutely love the role I am in. And now, I've decided to start scrapping our meetings. Our coordinator says they are going to start a scrapbook on paper, and that's great, but I've been in MOPS for 3 years now and have not seen any sort of album, so starting this year, I'm going to attempt to take pictures at all our events and meetings and create a digital scrapbook. I'm very excited to start this project. I know that I will love having the memorial and hope that the group appreciates my efforts even though they want to also do a paper one. I think a paper one is a wonderful idea, but I just don't have the time anymore to sit down and scrap like I used to. Hannah is 3 and I have the first 2 years of her life scrapped on paper. Cayden is one and the only thing I've scrapped for him is to put pictures in a scrapbook my sister in law gave me when he was born. Thank goodness she did that or I wouldn't have anything of him scrapped :(

Anyway, I created a little layout and I wanted to share it with y'all. It's very basic as I have added it to our MOPS Web Site. It's just something I made to document our Great MOMS Walk 2007.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Long Weekend

So, it has been one rough weekend at the McIntyre House. Cayden and Hannah both started running temperature Friday evening. Cayden's went up to 102.5 :( Poor, poor baby. Anyway, he was just miserable all night long. We kept him medicated, and he started to do a lot better. I really think he's cutting a tooth. His poor gums are very swollen. Hannah's fever went away and was gone all day. but Saturday evening, it spiked again. Explain that one to me. So weird. 101-102 off and on all night, but then she woke up sweating so we figured her fever broke. We avoided going anywhere yesterday and around 5:00 PM, I started feeling lousy. No fever, but I had chills and hot flashes and then I just started feeling dizzy. I got into bed and stayed there most of the evening. Of course, I was unable to fall asleep until near midnight.

By Hannah's bedtime, her fever was back, 102.5. She was so miserable and asleep by 8:00 PM. In the middle of the night she wakes up screaming, "My tummy is hurting! My tummy is hurting!" And the poor little thing had her 1st bout of diarrhea as a potty trained child. It's been 2 years since she's had any sort of bug from that end of her body. And she was miserable, with high fever to boot.

So she's been awake since 5:00 am. Stephen also wasn't feeling well this morning so he called in sick, and our whole crew is home in bed. Hannah's fever is gone. She hasn't had anymore potty issues either. In fact, she said, "Just pee pee, Mommy. Just pee pee." She was so happy. LOL

Cayden is napping and Hannah played Disney Princess Dress Up on the computer while I took a short nap. And now we play the waiting game. I hope it's gone. I would like this bug to leave our house and let me children get back to the happy kids they are when not sick.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Bowling

So we took the kids bowling on July 3rd because the weather has been unpredictable. Actually, it has been VERY predictable. It's been raining everyday since June 23rd. I'm ready for the rain to go away, although I'm not sure I'm ready for the HOT days of Summer to arrive. We've had a couple of really hot days, but that was back in May, I believe. It's been high 80s low 90s for the past month or so. But of course, it's also been raining, with record rainfall and lots of flash flooding. I now understand what people in Seattle feel like and why there is a high depression/suicide rate. Lately, it has been hard to get up and move around because it's so gloomy. But the sun is shining today!

Anyway, the kids had a blast bowling. It took us over an hour to play one game with the 6 kids and two babies. We even had two lanes, but preschoolers are very slow. LOL



These pages were created with Megan Shanor's Primary Heat Mini Kit with Bowling embellishments by Bobbi Rosen. The Sketches are by Traci Reed and Kim Johnson.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Fourth of July


Here are my first Fourth of July LOs. I'm very pleased with them. Stephanie took the pictures. The one of Hannah and Ryan has to be my favorite.

Credits for the pages go to Angela Sharrow for her Star Spangled QP. Like it, you can find it here. Also for the ribbon and tags ~ Hugs for our American Friends and Liberty Everlasting, both freebies from a Blog Rally.



Here's a page from our evening with the Lamberts. We went and saw the Fireworks on Monday evening as well. That show was beautiful!!!

These pages were made with the help of a quickpage from the Hugs for Our American Friends Blog Rally which starts here

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Scrapbooking

So, I mentioned that I am into scrapbooking. . . but not the way that many do it. I do occasionally have time to sit down and scrap with actual paper and pictures, but the thing I really adore right now is digiscrapping. I belong to several DigiScrap Forums including but not limited to DigiScrapDivas, Digital Freebie, and ScrapGirls. I will post my new layouts as I create them, giving credit where credit is due. Off to scrap!

First Entry

Okay, so I'm entering the real world of blogging. I've been doing a little blogging on myspace, but not everyone has myspace so I've decided to venture out even more into the world and see if I can really become a blogger.

Lately, my life has consisted of playgroups and VBS. Thankfully, I have one amazing girlfriend who has participated right along with me to support and help me stay sane. Although, I'm doing the same for her. :) I, honestly, do not know what I would do without her.

Being the mother to two active children is a lot more challenging than I expected. Last summer, Cayden was a newborn and really revolved around Hannah with Cayden in tow in his carrier. This year, finding activities for both of them has been more than interesting. But again, my dear friend not only has a daughter Hannah's age, but a son a few months younger than Cayden, so in turn, my dear friend. . okay, we shall call her one of my best friends, has a daughter Hannah's age and a son Cayden's age. God is good!!!

Yesterday my family met Uncle Kenny and Aunt Debbie at the Waco Zoo. We had a great time. Make sure you stop by our Photo Page to view pictures from the zoo and from our Independence Day celebrations. We've had a great summer thus far.